We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The cost of one bad teacher for one year on an average classroom of students is a whopping $266,000 in that class's collective lifetime earnings, which is over $2.6 million which that lousy teacher will cost society over ten years, or possibly $7.8 million over the teacher's tenure.
That's just one bad teacher. Multiply that by the possibly tens of thousands of wretchedly bad teachers whom the teachers' unions protect, and you realize the cost to society of our monopolistic public school system.
The Barrister: Confirmed: Charter Schools Beat the Daylights Out of Public Schools
While there certainly may be benefits to charter schools, they are not all equal, with some having poorer results than public schools. As for the data, charter schools often cherry-pick students and avoid dealing with special-needs students, so this skews the data.
Not at all. Just questioning whether the assertion that the data confirms the conclusion. Charter schools are known for steering special-needs students away, nor are all charter schools equal. Some have poor records. Others have excellent records.
The idea of providing flexibility and measuring performance can work, but sometimes what works in charter schools, where there is a great deal of focus at all levels of participation, and even additional private funding, may not be transferable to the general school population.
Agree with Z. Education statistics are nearly always bent and lousy. I would like to think that charter schools are superior and a way out, and support the idea of choice on general principles. But I'm going to have to see a lot of evidence before I'd plant a flag on schools making much of a difference.
Assistant VIllage Idiot
i That's just one bad teacher. Multiply that by the possibly tens of thousands of wretchedly bad teachers whom the teachers' unions protect, and you realize the cost to society of our monopolistic public school system.
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That's just one good teacher. Multiply that by the possibly tens of thousands of dedicated teachers whom the teachers' unions represent, and you realize the value to society of our public school system.